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 This Month In Lambton 

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 Lambton EMS receives Innovation Award

Lambton EMS received the Award of Excellence for an Innovative Treatment or Technology from the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada at their annual general meeting in Charlottetown, PEI last month.

The Innovation Award was presented to Jeff Brooks, Lambton EMS Deputy Manager for the work Lambton EMS contributed to the Situational Awareness for Vulnerable people in an Emergency (SAVE) Project.

The SAVE project was funded by Defence Research and Development Canada and its purpose was to develop a tool that would help identify individuals in the community that would require assistance in an emergency situation.

The software that was developed enables an Emergency Operations Centre to authorize the sharing of medical information from different agencies and databases during an emergency situation. The project also created a system to link volunteers to people requiring assistance.

Lambton EMS Innovation Award

 Road Closures

For the most current information on road closures and scheduled construction projects visit lambtononline.ca.

Bear Creek Bridge Replacement - Egremont Road, Warwick Village

Please note County Road 22 (Egremont Road) has been closed to traffic for the replacement of the Bear Creek Bridge, located at the east end of Warwick Village. The closure began on Monday, July 8, 2019.

Traffic will be detoured to Kings Highway 402 at Forest Road and Nauvoo Road. Given the scope of work, the project is expected to be completed and the road re-opened to traffic by the end of November 2019.

Please note that all entrances will be accessible during construction and all businesses remain open.

Culvert Replacement - Petrolia Line

Please note County Road 4 (Petrolia Line) has been closed to traffic for the replacement of the Callinan Drain and Noble-Wooley Drain culverts. This closure began Monday, July 15, 2019 and is expected to last 5-6 weeks, weather permitting.

The Callinan Drain culvert is located just west of Plowing Match Road and the Noble-Wooley Drain Culvert is located east of Fairweather Road. At no time will the roads at both culverts be closed at the same time. Traffic will be detoured to the north via County Road 26 (Mandaumin Road), County Road 14 (Churchill Line), and County Road 21 (Oil Heritage Road).

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 Lambton County Library Summer Reading Program: Natural World

Summer is here, which means it's time to explore and play in the great outdoors with Lambton County Library's summer reading program. Come to the library to take part in a variety of fun-filled programs, including puppet shows with Adam Proulx, the Family Counselling Centre, and Puppets on the Go. Visit your local library for more information on our free programming for kids of all ages, or click here to view our Summer Reading Program calendar.

Teens can let their creativity flow this summer with our It's All Write short story contest based on the Wharf Rats image, courtesy of Lambton Heritage Museum. Submissions will be accepted until August 12th. Winners will be invited to attend an award ceremony at Lambton Heritage Museum in addition to receiving a trophy and published copy of the short stories. For more information visit http://mylcl.ca/iaw/.Teens can also visit their local library once a day and pick up a scratch ticket for a chance to win a chocolate bar and to be entered into a draw for one of two $50 gift certificates and a "Going Green" prize pack!

Adults can also explore and expand their knowledge of the natural world with their library by earning ballots for a chance to win a Lambton County experience! Earn a ballot once a day by participating in library programs, online quizzes and trivia on Lambton County Library’s Facebook page, visiting your local library, the Lambton Heritage Museum, or the Oil Museum of Canada. Prizes include gift certificates and/or passes for the Stones 'N Bones Museum, Alternate Grounds Dockside, Twin Pines Orchards, Forest Fall Fair, Guild Chocolates, Brigden Fair, Rum Runners, Purdy's Dockside Eatery, and Zekveld's. Winning ballots will be drawn on August 27.

Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading Program

Summer Reading Program

 Being prepared for power outages

Heavy reliance on air conditioners and other climate control equipment can increase demand on Ontario's power grid during summer months resulting in power outages. Nonetheless, wide-scale power outages can occur throughout the year for other reasons such as wind damage, ice storms, or equipment failure.

Residents should be prepared to meet their own needs for at least 72 hours following any emergency, including a power outage. Consider storing flashlights and batteries throughout your home; purchasing an external battery or portable charger for your cell phone or device; notifying your electricity supplier if you use special healthcare equipment (i.e. oxygen generators or dialysis machines); and installing and learning to safely operate backup heating systems or power generators.

For more information on preparing for power outages and what to do when they occur, please visit EmergenciesLambton.ca.

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 Canada's Waterscapes: Yours to Enjoy, Explore and Protect

Canada's Waterscapes is a travelling exhibit that will be on display at the Lambton Heritage Museum until September 30. Don’t miss your chance to experience it! Dive in and find out what it takes to manage and understand Canada’s aquatic ecosystems. Explore your aquatic side in this engaging, family-friendly, interactive exhibition.

In addition to the interactive exhibit, the museum has a Speaker Series that covers a variety of Waterscapes-related topics. Be sure to check out the following guest speakers joining us in July and August:

July 30, 6 - 7 p.m.: Max Morden presents Tree-mendously Important: The 5000 trees project

August 6, 2 - 3 p.m.: Cris Kohl & Joan Forsberg present Shipwreck Tales of Georgian Bay

August 6, 3 - 4 p.m.: John Charest presents Discovering Great Lakes Shipwrecks

August 17, 3 - 4 p.m.: Kailyn Shepley presents Sombra Township: A tale of two rivers

August 27, 2 - 3 p.m.: Stephanie Donaldson presents The Legacy of Water Walker Josephine Mandamin

The Waterscapes exhibit will be on display at the Lambton Heritage Museum until September 30, 2019.

Museum Hours:
Monday-Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday-Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Regular Admission:
Adult – $5.00
Senior/Student – $4.00
Children (ages 5-12) – $3.00
Family – $15.00

Canada’s Waterscapes is produced by the Canadian Museum of Nature in collaboration with the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council.

Canada's Waterscapes

 Horse-drawn wagon rides return to the Oil Museum of Canada

Take a guided, horse-drawn wagon tour through the Fairbank Oil Fields this summer! Climb aboard at the Oil Museum of Canada and tour a pocket of history where the past is present, with the historic oil wells still working away.

Wagon rides are included in museum admission, and will be available at 12:00, 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. on Sundays throughout the summer, weather permitting, until September 1, 2019. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

For more information visit oilmuseum.ca or call the Oil Museum of Canada at 519-834-2840.

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 Researching Your Property with Lambton County Archives

Join Lambton County Archives on Thursday, August 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. and discover the resources available to uncover your property's past. This session will assist with navigating the ONLAND website, a free resource that shares access to official property related information and documents. A  Lambton County Archivist will instruct members how to connect property history with genealogy research.

Pre-registration is required. Please contact Lambton County Archives for more information or to register at 519-845-5426.

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 Thea DeGroot's Spirit Lives on in Lambton Circles Women's Wellness Retreat

By Lauren Bus

*Names have been omitted to protect the privacy of the participants*

Too often, individuals pride themselves on how busy their lives are, filling their time with jobs and duties to family and friends. Rarely do most people stop to think about filling their own cup, only pouring themselves out to please others. Self-care isn’t selfish.

Nearly 20 women from Lambton Circles spent a sunny June weekend reflecting on this statement, as they took time to consider themselves and their own needs at the second annual “Woman’s Worth Wellness Retreat”, hosted on the shores of Lake Huron at a secluded beachfront home. "Circles" is a local and national level initiative that supports individuals break out of the cycle of poverty. These women, known as Circles Leaders are committed to plans of change leading to full self-sufficiency and a better life.

Local health and wellness practitioners volunteered their services throughout the weekend, granting the women access to massages, yoga practices, workshops about the use of essential oils and creating cost-effective spa treatments at home, one-on-one sessions with social workers and life coaches as well as an opportunity to participate in art therapy or to spend time journaling and reflecting.

These retreats are held in honour of late local activist Thea DeGroot, a long-time champion of Circles Canada and a worthy woman in her own right. Thea passed away at the age of 69 in 2018 following a hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer.

“Through the compassion, generosity, love, and caring community, the Lambton Circles women lives were powerfully changed during this wonderful wellness retreat,” said Kim Godin, Circles Coordinator. “Thea's beautiful spirit and heart for people lives on through the actions of her amazing friends."

The women arrived at the beach house to aromatic candles and sun shining through open windows. Participants who were returning from last year pointed out that they were excited to be able to take advantage of the beach this year, rather than being curled up by the fireplace on an uncharacteristically chilly July weekend as they had the year before.

During orientation, it was clear that each woman came to the retreat with her own story, her own experiences that brought her to Circles and many were open to sharing their stories with the group. Some women expressed that they had lacked trust in others, but that Circles had helped them to begin to heal. Many hoped that the retreat would continue that for them. 

Tasha was a participant last year and returned as a facilitator this year, offering a workshop on affordable, at-home spa services. As a Circles Leader, she explained that affordability and cost effectiveness are some of her biggest concerns when it comes to self-care. Her homemade sugar scrubs are inexpensive and give her an opportunity to teach her daughter that self-care doesn’t have to equal costly services.

“Everything in my life changed when I learned at last year’s retreat to stop competing with women and feeling jealous of them, but rather loving, supporting and embracing one another,” Tasha said. “This year, coming back, I felt an energy in the house as we all worked on living that philosophy and the ability to bond and build such intimate relationships was like a spiritual charge that you can’t even put into words.”

For some, the retreat was about disconnecting from the demands of the “real world” — finding solace on the shores of Lake Huron. And for others, the focus was on connecting with each other, finding support with people who share some lived experiences, or finding ways to support each other through individual journeys.

Throughout the weekend and during different services, the women found ways to connect with each other, with nature, and with themselves. Many women mentioned how self-care was never something they prioritized, or even really thought about prior to the weekend. Many told stories about how drained they let themselves get, or that they didn’t feel like themselves anymore. Most mentioned how they had struggled with various hardships, during which simply making it through the day felt like a win. But heard throughout the beach house for the duration of the weekend was how the retreat made them feel whole, beautiful, and worthy.

While Thea DeGroot was known for her varied commitments to social advocacy, she was also known for the colourful scarves she wore. For the retreat, her husband Art and their children gifted the women with Thea’s scarves. Each woman was able to choose a scarf that spoke to them as a symbol of the weekend and as a physical embodiment of everything that Thea stood for. It was as if Thea herself was reaching out and hugging each woman as they wrapped the scarves around themselves, carrying on her legacy. 

Understanding that self-care isn’t selfish takes time. Learning to prioritize yourself is a difficult concept to come to terms with, especially when it’s engrained to put others first. “A Woman’s Worth Wellness Retreat” works to actively teach women that they are worthy of self-care, that they deserve to take time for themselves to make sure that they have the mental and physical capacity to help those that rely on them. Most importantly, the wellness retreat teaches women about sisterhood, about building trusting relationships with each other and with individuals who have had different lived experiences than their own. It shows women, participants and practitioners alike, that you don’t have to stand alone through times of trouble, that you can stand together with your sisters and, if even for a weekend, that self-care and mindfulness can be your most powerful tool.

A special thanks to all facilitators:

Sheila Ward, Retreat Co-ordinator and Cook
Joan Ross, Beach House Owner and Art Therapy
Ann Bending, Yoga Instructor
Becky Beach, Yoga Instructor
Monika Minnema, Essential Oils Expert
Tasha Barwise, Self-care Workshop Facilitator
Jessica Mayer-Denis, Registered Massage Therapist
Alyssa Fielder, Registered Massage Therapist
Mika Wells, Registered Massage Therapist
Jenni Jenkins, Registered Social Worker
Michelle Nelson, Mental Health Therapist
Ciara Ross, Prevention Worker
Deborah Fox, Health Coach
Manjiri Nadkarni, Ayurvedic Doctor
Nancy Michieli, Life Coach
Stephanie Kerlovich, Art Therapy
Mike Blackmore, Musician

A special thanks to all sponsors:

Taproots Green Gardens
Bright’s Grove Foodland
Susan Chamberlain, The Book Keeper
Wisbeach Chicken
Stephenson Farm
Datollo Bakery
Emily Fortney

And finally, a very special thank you to the Circles Leaders and Circles staff who opened themselves up to a weekend of self-care and self-love. To learn more about Circles, please visit www.circlescanada.com

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 Looking Ahead

Warden Bill Weber
Warden Bill Weber
County of Lambton

9 a.m. & 11 a.m., August 22 - Committee A.M. & Committee P.M.
9:30 a.m., September 4 - Lambton County Council

Agendas for past and present Committee and Council meetings are available online on the Council & Committee Agendas, Reports & Minutes page. Open Sessions of Lambton County Council are streamed live and are available for archival viewing for a period of one year by clicking on the Streamed Council Meetings tab on the County website home page.

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